Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies (best sugar cookie recipe)

filed under: Sugar Cookies on December 22, 2010

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies are delicious, buttery, crispy sugar cookies decorated with ugly sweater designs that are sure to be winners at all your holiday gatherings! Try my Sugar Cookie Recipe for another cookie recipe easy to bake and decorate! 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookie

This is the home of the ORIGINAL Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookie!! If you are looking for THAT sugar cookie… the one that is the perfect combination of sweetness, buttery crispness, and that goes perfectly with piping glaze… this is that cookie. It has won awards and been a part of more cookie exchanges than I can count! It never fails to get praise and folks are always asking for the recipe!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookie Recipe

It all started when my church’s youth group was having an ugly sweater party, complete with a Baking Contest.  Since I am a local celebrity and all (you know, the kind of celebrity that you see late at night on the weather channel being filmed during a massive tornado saying something like, “It’s like, windy out.”  Yeah. That’s me.) I was asked to be a judge!

Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Egg yolks
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking powder

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How to Make Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

The image above is my ‘busy” ugly Christmas sweater. I am most certainly not saying it is based on anything in my closet…But, to get decorating, you have to get the cookies made first! The design is up to you.

To make the cookies, get out your stand mixer to get started. Do not preheat the oven right away; the dough has to chill for at least an hour before baking the cookies.

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until well combined (about 2 minutes).
  2. With the mixer on low, add in the eggs and egg yolks.
  3. Turn off the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. With the mixer back on low, add the vanilla and almond extract.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  6. Mix in the flour mixture about a cup at a time until fully incorporated.
  7. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. (This might be a good time to check your closet for any ‘ugly sweater’ ideas or designs!)

Below is my ‘weird-eyed Rudolf with a red nose that sticks out way too far and is covered with gravy and mashed potatoes by the end of the night’ ugly Christmas sweater. Again, these are not similar to anything that might currently reside in my home…

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

Baking and Decorating the Cookies

After the dough has chilled for at least an hour, preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface. Cut out the dough into your sweater shape (I made mine as large as my hand, but you could also use a sweater cookie cutter). Bake for 6-8 minutes, watching them carefully so you don’t burn the edges.

Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet until they are firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack. When you are ready to decorate the cookies, I recommend using my favorite glaze icing to decorate them.  It’s so much better than royal icing! Have fun using your imagination, and Merry Christmas!

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

Looking for More Sugar Cookie Recipes?

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Filling

Raspberry Cheesecake Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Amish Sugar Cookies

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Chill
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 23 mins
 

The BEST sugar cookie recipe ever! Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies are delicious, buttery, crispy sugar cookies decorated with ugly sweater designs that are sure to be winners at all your holiday gatherings!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories: 396 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks or 340g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until well combined (about 2 minutes).

  2. With the mixer on low, add in the eggs and egg yolks, mixing until well incorporated.

  3. Turn off the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl.

  4. With the mixer back on low, add the vanilla and almond extract.

  5. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.

  6. Mix the flour mixture in with the butter mixture about a cup at a time until fully incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

  7. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  8. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface.

  9. Cut out the dough into your sweater shape (I made mine as large as my hand, but you could also use a sweater cookie cutter).

  10. Bake for 6-8 minutes, watching them carefully so you don't burn the edges.

  11. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet until they are firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack. Have fun decorating!

My recipe tastes better and hardens beautifully. You can stack these cookies but will never break a tooth!

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  • JoAnn says:

    I wish I had an ounce of your talent (and patience). These are sooooooo cute!

  • Anne M. says:

    These made me laugh out loud!!!!! 😀
    What a wonderful idea!!!!!
    Only you could make ugly Christmas sweaters into something so adorable. 🙂
    And I’m so in on the contest next year!!!!

  • Erin @ Making Memories says:

    These are so stinkin’ hilarious!!!

  • Kristin Morris says:

    No matter how cute Colin Firth can be, I think the rudolph sweater looks bette rin cookie form! 🙂

  • Kristina Vanni says:

    These are just too funny! My dad is a little bit obsessed with 80’s style “Cosby Sweaters” and we tease him every Christmas!

  • Melanie Lee says:

    This morning, The Today Show on NBC-TV (12/11/2012) had a feature about a small business selling ugly Christmas sweater cookies! (That’s not you, is it?)

    • Amanda says:

      Nope! Not me. Think it was some gal on Etsy.

  • Ashley says:

    Those look amazing! I tried to make them at home using a cookie cutter but the cookies ballooned up. Any suggestions on where I went wrong? Thanks!

  • Kelly says:

    Oh my gosh! The cookies are adorable and I’ve now gone and ordered a sweater cookie cutter. I know what I’ll be giving away for some of my gifts this year. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Doris Novak says:

    Your recipes sound delicious. Will try them soon. Definitely will follow you from now on. Thank you for printing out all these goodies.

  • Maryann Gerber says:

    Hello-I’m going to be making these Ugly Christmas Cookies at a Senior place for the residents. Could you tell me how you did the frosting for these Ugly cookies? would be very much appreciated.

  • Maryann Gerber says:

    Is there a reason why you use the unsalted butter?

  • Cam says:

    I add 2 oz. Cream cheese and it makes these cookies even better! These are my all time favorite!

    • Amanda says:

      Great idea!!

  • gsmith says:

    Hey Amanda I made these cookies last year and they turned out awesome…I love all of your recipes that I’ve tried… last year when I made this recipe I thought it called for 5 cups of flour…however I don’t totally trust my memory so I just mixed it up with the 4 cups of flour as this recipe calls for and the dough was too sticky so I added 1 more cup and the dough was definitely the consistency for cookies….so was wondering if that was a typo since you’ve done some updating on your site? Just didn’t want a new baker to get discouraged….Thanks for all your wonderful recipes